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In the Diocese of Chelmsford we have adopted the suite of Policy and Practice Guidance provided by the National Safeguarding Team for the Church of England.

Old Safeguarding policy

All previous Diocesan Policy/Policy Manual documents have now been replaced with the NST Policy and Practice Guidance

Click here to access National Safeguarding Team Policy and Practice Guidance

Please note under section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 all authorised clergy, bishops, archdeacons, licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs must have 'due regard' to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops (this will include both policy and practice guidance). A duty to have 'due regard' to guidance means that the person under the duty is not free to disregard it but is required to follow it unless there are cogent reasons for not doing so. ('Cogent' for this purpose means clear, logical and convincing.) Failure by clergy to comply with the duty imposed by the 2016 Measure may result in disciplinary action.

Click on a link below to take you to the relevant section

For information about Past Cases Review 2, click here

Safeguarding and Digital Communications

As more of us are now using digital and video communications in our ministry it is important that we are aware of the safeguarding implications and following best practice. Please ensure you are familiar with the following guidance and share it with those in your parish who organise online meetings or worship activity.

GDPR and permissions for adults

Those appearing in video or photographs will need to have given you their permission. A photo release form can be signed by adults. The form must include all the places that the photo or video may be used by the church. 

The template photo release form can be downloaded here.

GDPR and permissions for children

Videos containing children may be used by the church if consent has been given by their parent or guardian. This needs to be signed consent and should include the places which the photo or video may be used by the church. If permission has not been given, it can be helpful to identify these children by using a simple paper wristband, or by asking them to sit in a photo and video free zone. Practically, seeking permission may need a few extra helpers on the day, working from a safe social distance. Alternatively, prepare ahead by sending out the forms to your church newsletter list to avoid queues on the day.

More information can be found under the 'Video and Livestreaming' section

Diocese of Chelmsford Statements

Safeguarding Policies & Statements:

Safer Practice Guidance & Information/Fact Sheets:

Safer Recruitment:

Safer Practice Templates & Resources:

Types/Signs & Symptoms of Abuse:

Recording & Responding to Safeguarding Allegations or Concerns:

Theology & Safeguarding:

A resource to help local churches do some theological thinking around safeguarding has been published today (30th June 2016) by the Faith and Order Commission (FAOC). The text is meant to be read as a specifically theological resource alongside safeguarding policy and guidance documents from the local diocese and the national church.

For more information please contact Laura Tyler
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